Talbot Humane’s Bark in the Park Year 8!

If you can believe it, we are in the 8th year of Talbot Humane’s Bark in the Park. The years have brought a great deal of fun and fellowship to the community and raised more than $350,000 to support the animals and services of Talbot Humane!   The free family festival takes place rain or shine on Saturday, October 14th from 8AM-noon at Idlewild Park in Easton.

Bark in the Park starts early for runners and walkers who can enter our dog-friendly UNLEASHED 5K timed fun run/walk.   The Annual Homecoming Pawrade (dog walk) Sponsored by Hair O The Dog kicks off at 9A.  The Fun Dog Show returns for the 8th year with competitions in ten categories and Best in Show.  Registration fees apply for the 5K, Dog Walk, and Dog Show. The Dog Walk is preceded by the national anthem, moment of howl, and blessing of the animals.  Registration for all 3 events opens at 7:15A.  Preregistration is available until October 12th at www.talbothumane.org .

The day’s fun includes The Doggie Spa sponsored by Kevertin Pet Resort- have your dog’s nails, teeth and coat spruced up while enjoying the day!   The Bark in the Park Boutique presented by St. Michaels Pet Supplies has the must have items for every pet lover.  Local nonprofit organizations, artisans and local business vendors are signing up daily to attend this year’s festivities.   We are looking forward to honoring our local veterinary heroes who give countless hours and services to the animals in our care each year.  Included this year are the Doggie Kissing Booth, Live music, local food vendors, and a kid’s corner sponsored by Talbot Humane’s youth group Humane Hands which will include face painting and crafts.

With all the festival fun, Talbot Humane’s mission in support of the animals is still the primary focus of Bark in the Park. Local veterinarians conduct mini-workshops on pet care topics. Area shelters and rescue organizations will once again present a PAWrade of Adoptable Dogs to encourage visitors to make one of these homeless pups a part of their family.

Talbot Humane has close to 200 animals in its care waiting for adoption. To support the expense for the care of these animals, Talbot Humane has goal of $50,000 for this year’s Bark in the Park fundraiser.

Sponsors play an important role in community events. Talbot Humane’s team wishes to thank businesses and organizations that are supporting Bark in the Park and Talbot Humane this year. Hair O’ The Dog, Easton Utilities, Kevertin Pet Resort and WCEI are this year’s major sponsors with others currently committed including The Star Democrat, TriCycle and Run, Chris Wilke, Foxy’s Harbor Grille, Doc’s Downtown and Sunset Grilles and Preston Auto Group among others.

Ultimately, however, Patty Crankshaw-Quimby, Talbot Humane’s executive director emphasizes that it is the families who come out and enjoy Bark in the Park and all it has to offer who make the event a success for Talbot Humane, the animals, and the community. “This is such a fun event for the whole family,” she said. “Bring the dog and the kids, and come out and show your support for all we do for the animals of the Midshore.”

Talbot Humane Joins the Million Cat Challenge

Saving lives is what it is all about at Talbot Humane. In effort to save the lives of more felines in our community, Talbot Humane has joined the Million Cat Challenge.  This program sponsored by Maddie’s Fund, is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of 1 million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign will be five key initiatives that will offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 8.02.55 AM“Our first step in finding more homes for the cats and kittens in our care at Talbot Humane is to waive adoption fees for all felines,” shares Executive Director Patty Quimby.  “We are excited to be a part of this life saving program.  Ultimately we would love to be in the position where we are able to assist other shelters with their cat population, just as we currently do with dogs.”

Quimby says the process is simple. Visit their adoption center at 7894 Ocean Gateway, or PetSmart in Easton MD, meet the cats and kittens available for adoption, and fall in love.  “We hope to see other groups across the state and Delmarva join us in this life saving challenge.”

For more information on pets for adoption, the adoption process, or other services and programs available at Talbot Humane, please visit www.talbothumane.org

Introducing the Mid-Shore Pet Pantries Coalition

In late 2011 Pet Pantries of Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline Counties opened their organization in order to help fill local shelters public pantry shelves. Mary Kramer and Barbara Mulready joined forces in an effort to ensure pets in need had full bellies across the Mid-shore.

For the past 5 years the support offered by Pet Pantries has been an important part of outreach programs to residents in need in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties. Providing thousands of pounds of dry dog and cat food to the shelters annually they have helped these shelters feed more pets in need.

Earlier this year, the team at Pet Pantries decided to close the organization. They generously provided their last funds to their beneficiaries- Talbot Humane, Caroline County Humane Society and Baywater Animal Rescue. These organizations are continuing the spirit and teamwork of Pet Pantries going forward.

Talbot Humane, Caroline County Humane Society, Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County, Humane Society of Kent County and Baywater Animal Rescue have created the Mid-Shore Pet Pantries Coalition in order to continue the mission of helping the pets and pet owners of our communities. “I think I speak for all of the organizations when I say this is an exciting partnership which will benefit the pets and pet owners on mid-shore,” shares Patty Quimby, Executive Director of Talbot Humane.

Each organization will be collecting food in their respective counties for their pantry with the help of local businesses and volunteers. Each organization is looking for businesses willing to be a drop off location as well as volunteers to monitor and transport food. For more information on how you can get involved contact Patty Quimby at 410-822-0107 or patty@talbothumane.org.

For assistance with feeding your pets the contact information is as follows:

Talbot County: 410-822-0107
Caroline County: 410-820-1600
Dorchester County: 410-228-3090
QA County: 410-827-7178
Kent County: 410-778-3648

There’s No Place Like Home at Bark In The Park 2015

There’s no place like home. No one knows that better than a shelter dog. Talbot Humane will celebrate all the pets who have found their forever homes at its 6th Annual Bark in the Park festival with a “Homecoming” parade and dog walk, Saturday, October 10 from 9 am-2 pm at Idlewild Park, in Easton. Bark In The Park is a free family and dog festival where dogs take center stage for the love and joy they bring into our lives. The festival is kicked off with a 5K Fun Run/Walk (dogs welcomed!), followed by a Homecoming parade and dog walk, dog show, agility and tricks demonstrations, carnival-style games for you and your dog, PAWrade of adoptable dogs, live music, craft & business vendors, local veterinarians and pet services, and delicious food.

Bring your leashed dog out and join us for a great day out with your pup!

Bark In The Park is one of Talbot Humane’s biggest fundraisers, and the money raised is vital to supporting the shelter animals. This year, our community has a unique opportunity to really help homeless pets by competing for their dog (or other pet!) to be crowned King or Queen of the Homecoming Parade. The male and female pet “contestants” who raise the most money for Talbot Humane will be crowned King and Queen of the Homecoming Parade and will lead the pack on Talbot Humane float. There also will be great prizes for the dogs and their owners!

Fundraising is fun and easy and can be done in many ways. The easiest and most effective way to gain support for your pet’s bid to be King or Queen is to make your own Crowdrise page for online fundraising. You’ll be able to share photos and information on why you want to help the shelter animals and why your dog deserves to be top dog on the float! You can set up your own Crowdrise page right from the Talbot Humane website at www.talbothumane.org. You can also talk to your friends, family, co-workers about making a tax-deductible contribution to your local animal shelter on your dog’s behalf. And, you can make your own donation! It all goes straight to the animals who need you the most.

Following the 5K Run/Walk on Easton’s gorgeous Rails to Trails, this year’s Bark In The Park will feature a Doggie Spa Tent, where your dog can be pampered, groomed and all dolled-up. Canine massage, a facial, and a nail trim with optional paint will be among the spa treatments available. All proceeds will benefit Talbot Humane.

For more information and to register for all events at the 6th Annual Bark In The Park, including the 5K Fun Run/Walk, Homecoming Parade & Dog Walk, and the Dog Show, visit www.talbothumane.org and click on Bark In The Park.

Don’t miss the most fun day of the year for you and your dog!

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Rock On Talbot Humane Kicks Off “Chairity” Event

The Avalon stage will be rockin’ on May 29, but not with musicians or drums or electric guitars. Local art will take the stage and will blow you away as originality, functionality and charm mingle passionately in Talbot Humane’s second annual “chairity” auction.

c7d4erpmoedDsjGJBtDzkBe5PNUjB_wdGwxWDMjJ7F4[1]Rock On Talbot Humane will feature 20 one-of-a-kind, hand painted chairs for live auction to benefit the shelter animals at Talbot Humane. The event is free and open to the public, and it will include an uncommon and exceptional silent auction, delicious food, cash bar, and of course, the Avalon milieu.

“Local artists put their hearts and souls into painting these chairs,” said Susan Langfitt, Volunteer & Community Events Coordinator for Talbot Humane. “Every chair comes back to us transformed from the planks of bare wood they start out as into a beautiful work of art. We love to see where each artist takes this project.”

This year, Rock On Talbot Humane will auction 15 custom-built, rocking Adirondack chairs, five children’s Adirondack chairs, and a signature bench. Each is sponsored by a local business, where it remains on display for the public to enjoy until they are auctioned in May. Chairs will start appearing at local businesses at the end of April. Photos of the painted chairs also will start popping up in the coming weeks on Talbot Humane’s Facebook page, the Rock On Talbot Humane Facebook page, and Talbot Humane’s website at www.talbothumane.org

Rock On Talbot Humane 2015 Chairs-0031“Last year, we raised just over $17,000 for the shelter through our live and silent auctions, and of course, we hope to surpass that at this year’s event,” said Langfitt. “It’s a wonderful way for the public to support the work we do here at Talbot Humane and take home a beautiful piece of artwork they will use and enjoy for years to come.” From the original design of the rocking Adirondack chair, hand-built in Maryland, to the custom art work,

Rock On Talbot Humane chairs are worth the investment buyers put both into the chairs and into caring for our community’s homeless animals. Chairs ranged in price last year from $300 to $2,000.

This year’s project features a signature bench, which will be displayed at the Avalon Theatre. It will be painted by local artist Jonathan Crist, who often combines stain and paint to create iconic Eastern Shore scenes, such as a black lab holding a duck retrieved from the marsh—the theme of his chair last year. Another addition to this year’s auction, conducted by Buddy Foxwell of Foxwell Auctions in Cambridge, is children’s Adirondacks, which will bring a fun new element to the night, and are rumored to include a sports chair and a mermaid theme.

Doors will open at the Avalon at 6:30 pm and the live auction starts at 7 pm on May 29. For more information on the Rock On Talbot Humane project, contact Susan Langfitt at 410-822-0107 or susan@talbothuman.org.

Talbot Humane is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization, located at 7894 Ocean Gateway in Easton, MD. We are an open admission shelter to all Talbot County residents, caring for an average of 1,300 animals each year. We don’t turn away any county animals. Talbot Humane has been helping animals in need since 1932.

For more information, Contact: Susan Langfitt at susan@talbothumane.org

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Rock On Talbot Humane Kicks Off Second Annual Event

The Avalon stage will be rockin’ on May 29, but not with musicians or drums or electric guitars. Local art will take the stage and will blow you away as originality, functionality and charm mingle passionately in Talbot Humane’s second annual “chairity” auction. Rock On Talbot Humane will feature 20 one-of-a-kind, hand painted chairs for live auction to benefit the shelter animals at Talbot Humane. The event is free and open to the public, and it will include an uncommon and exceptional silent auction, delicious food, cash bar, and of course, the Avalon milieu.
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“Local artists put their hearts and souls into painting these chairs,” said Susan Langfitt, Volunteer & Community Events Coordinator for Talbot Humane. “Every chair comes back to us transformed from the planks of bare wood they start out as into a beautiful work of art. We love to see where each artist takes this project.”

This year, Rock On Talbot Humane will auction 15 custom-built, rocking Adirondack chairs, five children’s Adirondack chairs, and a signature bench. Each is sponsored by a local business, where it remains on display for the public to enjoy until they are auctioned in May. Chairs will start appearing at local businesses at the end of April. Photos of the painted chairs also will start popping up in the coming weeks on Talbot Humane’s Facebook page, the Rock On Talbot Humane Facebook page, and Talbot Humane’s website at www.talbothumane.org
“Last year, we raised just over $17,000 for the shelter through our live and silent auctions, and of course, we hope to surpass that at this year’s event,” said Langfitt. “It’s a wonderful way for the public to support the work we do here at Talbot Humane and take home a beautiful piece of artwork they will use and enjoy for years to come.” From the original design of the rocking Adirondack chair, hand-built in Maryland, to the custom art work, Rock On Talbot Humane chairs are worth the investment buyers put both into the chairs and into caring for our community’s homeless animals. Chairs ranged in price last year from $300 to $2,000.

This year’s project features a signature bench, which will be displayed at the Avalon Theatre. It will be painted by local artist Jonathan Crist, who often combines stain and paint to create iconic Eastern Shore scenes, such as a black lab holding a duck retrieved from the marsh—the theme of his chair last year. Another addition to this year’s auction, conducted by Buddy Foxwell of Foxwell Auctions in Cambridge, is children’s Adirondacks, which will bring a fun new element to the night, and are rumored to include a sports chair and a mermaid theme.

Doors will open at the Avalon at 6:30 pm and the live auction starts at 7 pm on May 29. For more information on the Rock On Talbot Humane project, contact Susan Langfitt at 410-822-0107 or susan@talbothuman.org.

Talbot Humane is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization, located at 7894 Ocean Gateway in Easton, MD. We are an open admission shelter to all Talbot County residents, caring for an average of 1,300 animals each year. We don’t turn away any county animals. Talbot Humane has been helping animals in need since 1932.

Contact:
Susan Langfitt
susan@talbothumane.org
P.O. Box 1143
Easton, MD 21601
Ph: 410-822-0107

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Rock On Talbot Humane Benefits Homeless Animals

This is one of the cedar Adirondack rockers that will be on the auction block at Rock On Talbot Humane at The Milestone on Sunday, May 4.

This is one of the cedar Adirondack rockers that will be on the auction block at Rock On Talbot Humane at The Milestone on Sunday, May 4.

Talbot Humane is Rockin’ On for the benefit of the homeless animals in its care. Last summer’s Rock On Talbot project, a fundraiser that auctioned porch rockers painted by local artists to help a local family in need, was a fantastic success, raising nearly $18,000. This year’s beneficiary is Talbot Humane.

Rock On Talbot Humane will help to fund help Talbot Humane’s fourfold mission:
-To rescue animals from neglect and abuse;
-To place companion animals into loving homes, rather than euthanizing them;
-To reunite lost pets with their owners; and
-To reduce pet overpopulation through aggressive spay and neuter programs.

Talbot Humane will auction off 30 one-of-a-kind, hand-painted, cedar Adirondack rocking chairs. Thirty local businesses have volunteered to sponsor the rockers, and 30 local artists have volunteered to paint them.

Participating artists include: Deb Carney; Jane Cross; Peggy Fitzgerald; Patricia Hanlon; Carolyn Jacobson; Melinda Sebastian; Robin Voshell; Cherry Dearie; Jill Basham; Terri Griffin; Jonathan Crist; Easton High School’s Advanced Placement Art Class; Christie Messick; Sts. Peter & Paul High School’s Advanced Placement Art Class; Maggi Sarfaty; Leith Phillips; Nancy Norman Van Schaik; Bridget Whited; HS AP Art Class; St. Michaels Middle & High School’s Advanced Placement Art Class; Kevin Fitzgerald; Betty Blount; Jeff Crist; KC Bridges; Shalagh Hogan; Carol Chester; Jane Bollman; Irene Aspell; Ian Scott-Taylor; Diane DuBois Mullaly; and Susan Langfitt.

Sponsoring businesses include:

In Easton: Bartlett Pear Inn; Academy Art Museum; Elizabeth Claire Salon; Town & Country Liquors; Hobby Town; Wet Dog Car Wash; Hair o’ the Dog; The Soda Fountain at Hill’s; Piazza Italian Market; Eastern Shore Vacation Rentals; Benson & Mangold/The Gearhart Group; Robert W. Baird & Co./The SRVP Group; Lacaze Meredith Real Estate; Dwelling & Design (chair on display at the Avalon Theatre); Lizzy Dee; Mason’s; The Milestone; Miranda’s Shoes; Moonvine; Rise Up Coffee; Sean’s Music; Bountiful; and Doc’s Downtown Grille.

In Oxford: Mystery Loves Company Books (chair on display at Oxford Community Center).

In St. Michaels: 208 Talbot; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; The Preppy Redneck; Chesapeake Bay Outfitters; Gina’s Café; and Theo’s Steaks, Sides & Spirits.

The rocking chairs will be auctioned Sunday, May 4, at The Milestone, at 9630 Technology Drive in Easton. Doors will open at 2 p.m., and the auction will begin at 3. Auctiongoers will enjoy complimentary food and drink, as well as music by guitarist extraordinaire Jay Brown of the Royal Oak Musicians. There will also be a silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses.

In the meantime, the chairs will be on display throughout Easton and St. Michaels and at the Oxford Community Center during April. Check ‘em out and choose which you want to bid on. You can even place bids online beforehand.

For more information on Rock On Talbot Humane, participating artists and sponsors, or to see and bid on the chairs, visit www.talbothumane.org/rock-talbot-humane.

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Walk, Run And Fun At Expanded Bark In The Park

L.P. Palmer and his Yorkshire Terrier, Jake, won both Best Look Alike and Best in Show in the 2011 Bark in the Park Dog Show.

Talbot Humane’s third annual Bark in the Park family festival will feature even more activities for people and pets as it continues to grow in popularity as a community event. The free festival takes place on Saturday, October 20th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Easton.

New this year, Annapolis Volvo is sponsoring a 10K run and a 5K fun run/walk for human participants, starting at 9 and 9:15 a.m., respectively, from Easton Middle School, one block from Idlewild Park. Registration for the races opens there at 8 a.m.

The Dog Walk returns for the canines, along with the Fun Dog Show, which allows owners an opportunity to match their dogs against others in ten categories including talent, looks, size and costumes. L.P. Palmer and his Yorkshire Terrier, Jake, won both Best Look Alike and Best in Show at last year’s Bark in the Park Dog Show.

Registration fees apply for the runs, Dog Walk and Dog Show, with registration available in advance through the Talbot Humane website, www.talbothumane.org. Registration for the 10K and 5K also is available through Active.com.

Those who just want to enjoy a day of dog-watching can bring the entire family out for this community festival focused on Talbot Humane’s mission of caring for the animals of Talbot County. A PAWrade of Adoptable Dogs will give visitors a good look at dogs available for adoption from a number of participating area shelters and rescue organizations. Local veterinarians conduct mini-workshops on selected pet-care topics, with vendors offering a variety of pet-related products.

Agility Dogs and the Easton Police K-9 Unit provide scheduled demonstrations during the event. With horse-drawn carriage rides, food, music and special activities for kids, Bark in the Park offers fun the whole family.

Sponsors still are being recruited to help make this year’s festival even more successful as Talbot Humane’s major fundraising event of the year. WCEI is a top sponsor, with others currently committed including Big Dogs, C. Albert Matthews, Easton Elks #1622, Easton Utilities Commission, Foxy’s Harbor Grill, Gone for a Run, Hertrich Chevrolet, M&T Bank, Oxford Lawn & Landscape, PetSmart, Pierson’s Comfort Group, Preston Automotive Group, Provident State Bank, Queenstown Bank, Salisbury Gift & Garden, What’s Up? Media and the YMCA.

Entrants take a walk around the show ring after last year’s Fun Dog Show.

Individual donors also are welcome. Volunteer fundraisers may compete online to see who can gather the most support for the animals through a link on Talbot Humane’s website or directly through Active.com. Last year, Charlie Petosa and Charles Riter earned Highest Youth Fundraiser and Highest Adult Fundraiser honors, respectively. Top fundraisers can win prizes including a one-week stay at a Florida condominium, a NOOK reader with Barnes & Noble gift card, and a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Bark in the Park’s 2012 goal is to raise $50,000 for Talbot Humane. The shelter has seen an 18-percent increase in the number of animals in its care over the past twelve months and has more than 200 animals now waiting for adoption. With the associated increase in expense for that care, Executive Director Patty Crankshaw-Quimby emphasizes that the need for community support for Bark in the Park is greater than ever.

“We deeply appreciate the help that businesses and members of the community provided to Bark in the Park last year,” she said. “Please support the animals once again with your contributions, then come out and have some fun with us in October.”

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer, call Talbot Humane at 410-822-0107 or visit www.talbothumane.org.

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Pet of the Week – Boomer

Boomer is ready to go home.

Boomer is a 4 year old, black and brown, neutered, Australian Shepherd mix. He was surrendered to Talbot Humane on 8/4/12, because his owner had no time for him.

Hello, my name is Boomer. I’m giving my best smile in my photo, but I’m really feeling very sad. You see I once had a home, but lost it through no fault of my own. Now I sit in my kennel hoping someone will come along and fall in love with me and give me another chance…this time forever. I’m quite handsome, smart and sweet. I always do my business as soon as I’m let out of my kennel, so that means I’m probably house-trained. I’m very well-behaved on the leash and enjoy a nice walk. I lived with another dog in my previous home so I enjoy canine companionship. Everyone here at the shelter makes sure I have the best of care and the volunteers make sure I get outside everyday, but that’s just not the same as having a home of my own where I’ll be a special member of the family. Do you think you could help me put the spring back in my step? I promise with your help I’ll be a wonderful addition to your family.

All cats and dogs have been micro-chipped, received all required shots, and have been spayed or neutered. All they need is a loving, forever home.

Talbot Humane
7894 Ocean Gateway
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-0107

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Pet of the Week – Maxene

Maxene is ready for her furrever home.

Maxene is a 2 year old, tortoise colored, spayed, domestic short-haired cat. She was found as a stray and brought to Talbot Humane on 6/29/12.

All cats have been micro-chipped, temperament tested, FeLV/FIV tested, received all required shots, and have been spayed or neutered. All they need is a loving, forever home.

Talbot Humane
7894 Ocean Gateway
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-0107

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